La Florida's El Camino Real
From the time St. Augustine was established in 1565, Spanish military and religious authorities began extending their reach beyond the town limits. They developed various modes of transportation between their widely dispersed settlements, which eventually included missions, forts, and ranches.
In the 1680s, Florida Governor Diego de Quiroga Losada contracted the services of military engineer Enrique Primo de Rivera to build a formal road across north Florida that was suitable for oxcarts.
Although the project was never finished, people and goods continued to flow to and from the capital at St. Augustine, along the main corridor known as the Camino Real.
The missions connected by the camino served as way-stations for travelers. Christianized Indians were responsible for transporting most of the goods and animals overland, and they provided ferry service across the rivers. The trip from St. Augustine to Aplalachee Province, near present-day Tallahassee, could take anywhere from four days in the winter to over a month in the rainy season when the rivers were high and the pinelands flooded.
Today there are very few remnants of the original Spanish road visible in our state. Our best evidence of the camino comes from historic
Location. 29° 53.796′ N, 81° 18.8′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on St. George Street 0.1 miles north of Cuna Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the wall in front of the public restrooms. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Minorcan Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Casa Avero (within shouting distance of this marker); Avero House (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez House (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodriquez-Avero-Sanchez House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Salcedo House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oliveros House (about 300 feet away); A Microcosm of Urban Archaeology in Downtown St. Augustine, Florida (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.